Marching to the Fault Line: The Miners' Strike and the Battle for Industrial Britain (Paperback)
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Marching to the Fault Line: The Miners' Strike and the Battle for Industrial Britain (Paperback)

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A controversial new investigation in the 1984 Miners strike and how it changed Modern Britain.

The Miners' strike was a dividing line in Modern British history. Before 1984, Britain was an industrial nation, reborn from the ashes of the Second World War by Clement Atlee's vision of a welfare state. Most of the great industries were nationalised and the trade unions was one of the major forces in the land. After the strike, which ended with humiliating defeat in March 1985, Thatcher's Britain was born.

In March 1984, the leader of the Miners' Union, Arthur Scargill, led his members out of the pits without a ballot to protest at planned pit closures; they would spend the next 13 months facing the utmost deprivations as they fought to keep their jobs. On picket lines the miners faced harassment and the police, which culminated in the violent Battle of Orgreave. Meanwhile Thatcher's government feared that Britain was on the verge of a civil war. It was a struggle of attrition that neither side could dare lose.

Twenty five years after the strike, the debate is still controversial. Marching to the Faultline tells the full story of the strike from confidential cabinet meetings at Downing Street to backroom negotiations, and life on the picket line. The book draws on previously unseen sources from interviews with the major figures, private archives and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act to set the record straight.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781849010252
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Well researched, full of vital insights and written with a sense of pace that does justice to the tragic drama. -- Neil Kinnock
Fascinating. * Evening Standard *
The merit of Beckett and Hencke's book lies in the attempt to prise the history of the strike away from myth ... excellent. * New Statesman *
A lively, popular and informed account of the strike. * BBC History *
There is nothing wrong with civilised trade unionism: but as this book shows, there was nothing civilised at all about the methods, or the consequences, of Arthur Scargill. -- Simon Heffer * Literary Review *
Meticulously researched . . the roles of Thatcher and Scargill and the striking miners themselves are questioned in a deeper way than ever before, and a secret history of espionage and dirty tricks is revealed. * Books Quarterly *
The full tragic story of the 1984 miners' strike in a page-turning read that will raise the brows of even the most informed reader. * Good Book Guide *

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“Marching to the Fault Line”

This is the first serious attempt at a full overview of the Miner's Strike, 1984-5. Utilising an extensive range of primary sources, the book sheds new light on this controversial issue.
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